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Twitter Spaces is now available but only if you’re popular

Twitter Spaces is now available but only if you’re popular

The onslaught against Clubhouse's probably short-lived dominance continues as more and more social networks start rolling out their own take on social audio spaces. This time it's Twitter's turn to join the fray by making Spaces available for all. That, however, does come with a caveat that does still limit who can use the audio-only feature to those that have hundreds of followers that would supposedly justify having a Space in the first place.

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Clubhouse Android beta has started for a select few

Clubhouse Android beta has started for a select few

Just like TikTok a while back, Clubhouse's popularity is forcing many competitors in the social networking space to come up with their own killer audio-only service. The fact that Clubhouse has ruffled bigger players' feathers while still being limited in reach is nothing short of a miracle but its lead isn't going to last long. Android users are starting to clamor for their chance and the young social network has finally started the road towards its expansion, at least for a chosen few.

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Facebook warns Apple app tracking policy could cost users

Facebook warns Apple app tracking policy could cost users

Although there were many developers, publishers, and advertisers that raised disgruntled voices when Apple announced its new App Tracking Transparency policy for iOS, Facebook was the one that shouted the loudest. It used rhetoric and other strategies to besmirch Apple's privacy efforts, even going as far as ironically saying it will actually benefit the social networking giant in the long run. Now it's taking those efforts to a new level by warning users that Facebook and Instagram might become paid services if iOS users don't enable app tracking.

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Instagram Live Rooms put a unique spin on Clubhouse rivalry

Instagram Live Rooms put a unique spin on Clubhouse rivalry

Clubhouse has become social media's newest darling and, naturally, everyone's out to copy and kill it. Those rivals actually have a lot of opportunities to do that, considering Clubhouse still has limited reach in terms of invites and platforms. That said, not everyone wants to copy it feature for feature and some are trying to put a different spin on the audio-only social platform. That includes Facebook-owned Instagram that just silently rolled out an audio-only option to its shiny new Live Rooms.

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Telegram group video chat take on Zoom with a twist next month

Telegram group video chat take on Zoom with a twist next month

Although video conferencing has become almost a fact of life these days and "Zoom fatigue" has started to become a real problem, there are still companies and services that are trying to compete or even unseat the leaders in that space. And it's not just the usual culprits of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft either but other more focused services are also jumping on board. The latest that will be joining the bandwagon is Telegram who will be putting a different twist to the idea next month.

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There’s a Spotify miniplayer in Facebook now

There’s a Spotify miniplayer in Facebook now

Facebook continues its quest to have you never leave its software, with the addition of a new Spotify miniplayer baked into the social networking site's app. The new integration will allow Spotify users to access playlists and - depending on their subscription - other streaming music features directly within Facebook's iOS and Android apps.

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No, you don’t need to confirm your Twitter account again

No, you don’t need to confirm your Twitter account again

If you recently received an email asking you to "confirm your Twitter account," don't worry: you're not being phished. Twitter has confirmed it inadvertently sent out a batch of emails to users of the social network asking them to reconfirm their accounts, but that the messages can be safely ignored.

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Instagram rolls out new tools to filter abusive direct messages

Instagram rolls out new tools to filter abusive direct messages

Instagram has been working to help provide more protection for its community of users. Recently, Instagram talked about how it was working to combat abuse and hate speech on its platform by introducing stricter penalties for people who send abusive Direct Messages. The social network has now announced a new way to protect users from seeing abusive Direct Messages, to begin with.

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Facebook app will soon play Spotify music with Project Boombox

Facebook app will soon play Spotify music with Project Boombox

Facebook is going all out on its new social audio thrust but not all of the music and podcasts it will play will be coming from its own users. While the social networking giant does have thousands of users who can create original audio content, other companies have the advantage when it comes to more established creators and channels. Almost like a jab at a common enemy, Facebook and Spotify are teaming up to bring the latter's wealth of audio content to Facebook users, all without leaving the app.

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Reddit Talk is the latest to jump on the Clubhouse train

Reddit Talk is the latest to jump on the Clubhouse train

You know that Clubhouse is big when something bigger tries to follow in its footsteps and you can't get any bigger than Facebook when it comes to social networking. Although it wasn't exactly a 1:1 rival, Facebook isn't the only one trying to join the social audio bandwagon. There are also some unlikely new contenders and it seems that Reddit, better known for being an Internet forum, has taken the plunge with its own spin on an audio chat platform.

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Facebook posts can now be exported to Google Docs, WordPress

Facebook posts can now be exported to Google Docs, WordPress

Depending on how you look at it, Facebook may have surpassed Google in being the poster child for harvesting personal data on the Internet. Considering how much of people's online lives and information it has in its possession, the social media giant regularly gets pushed, mostly through laws and regulations, to take certain steps to secure and unlock users' information. Part of that is allowing users to move their data outside of Facebook and a new export tool will let them do just that to transfer their posts to other online services.

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Apple allows Parler back into App Store after new moderation promises

Apple allows Parler back into App Store after new moderation promises

Apple plans to allow Parler back into the App Store, having expunged the Twitter-rivaling social network in January over accusations it was used by January 6 US Capitol insurrectionists to plan violent acts. Apple and Google opted to remove the app from their respective download stores, while Amazon Web Services ousted Parler from its servers.

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